Brandon Knight named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Brandon Knight was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team today. Sadly, Enes Kanter, Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins did not make any of the teams.
Last year John Wall and Demarcus Cousins both were selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team, while Eric Bledsoe made the All-Rookie second team.
The only other player from the University of Kentucky to make either of the NBA All-Rookie teams in the last 10 years was Rajon Rondo, who was named to the All-Rookie second team in 2006.
Shumpert, Leonard and Knight tied for the fifth spot on the All-Rookie First Team. Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. Leonard posted 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists. Knight tallied averages of 12.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.
2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM
Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total Kyrie Irving Cleveland 29 – 58 Ricky Rubio Minnesota 21 7 49 Kenneth Faried Denver 19 8 46 Klay Thompson Golden State 16 11 43 Iman Shumpert New York 15 10 40 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio 14 12 40 Brandon Knight Detroit 13 14 40
2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM
Player Team First (2 pt) Second (1 Pt) Total Chandler Parsons Houston 10 13 33 Isaiah Thomas Sacramento 5 17 27 MarShon Brooks New Jersey 3 12 18 Derrick Williams Minnesota 2 12 16 Tristan Thompson Cleveland 2 12 16